The bombshell of learning that Douglas Channing and Chase's affluent, jet-set mother Jacqueline Perrault (Lana Turner) had an illegitimate child together would be enough of a shock but to find out that Richard Channing (David Selby) is their son - Chase's half-brother as well as half-brother to Julia Cumson (Abby Dalton) and Emma Channing (Margaret Ladd) really complicates the proxy fight for the San Francisco Globe. Richard is publisher and chairman of the board but his half-siblings control shares.
Forced to employ Chase's son Cole (William Moses) at the winery Angela decides to make the best of it igniting competition between he and Lance. The rivalry between the two young men which was fostered by Angela hoping to make one if not both of them worthy heirs of Falcon Crest in the first half of Season One is set to heat up again. Not that it was much of a rivalry. Cole always outworked Lance. He even fathered Lance's wife's baby.
Chase (Robert Foxworth) who still has evidence that his conniving aunt Angela Channing (Jane Wyman) committed obstruction of justice in covering up the death of his father in Season One and also has grounds for multiple lawsuits against her is presented with a mountain of evidence of embezzlement committed by her. Why he doesn't act on it is a mystery beyond holding it over Angela's head which is blackmail, something we never would have seen him contemplate before. The show has changed very much including evolution of the characters.
In the second season of the show Robert Foxworth had embraced an angrier side of his character Chase Gioberti which was always convincing, fully appropriate to the backstory and character development but nevertheless a little difficult to watch at times. That is how effective the characterization is yet it does something less positive than entertain. Even if one happens to be watching it at home it can feel like you're on the receiving end of his moral indignation.
Founder's Day in the valley brings out the Italian traditions of the earliest vintners in Tuscany, California and the cast dresses up in 1880s garb. As a night-time soap opera Falcon Crest with ethnic resonance was one of the very best Italian TV shows even though it was shot stateside with American actors. Other European countries are continually tied in with the storyline giving it all a continental feel.
At the Founder's Day picnic Melissa (Ana Alicia), Agretti wine heiress and wife of Lance (Lorenzo Lamas) is warming up to Richard as Lance continually freezes her out. Richard wants to buy Melissa's family home as his foothold in the valley. Melissa hopes to get a good price for it. But they appear to want to mix pleasure with business.
Maggie (Susan Sullivan) comes clean to Chase about nearly having an affair with Hollywood producer Darryl (Bradford Dillman). As a contrast to other night-time soaps we don't see a cartoon fist-fight at an Oil-Baron's Ball like we would have seen on Dallas or a camp cat-fight like the ones on Dynasty.
Chase has the opportunity to give Darryl a serious beating but opts merely to shove him away. Maggie has cause to pull Angela's hair but settles for giving her a stern lecture. This is a show that takes decorum and certainly violence seriously. Cole punched somebody out in the first episode in a different state and the fact followed him to Tuscany tarnishing his reputation.
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